Trump: US voters are 'entitled to know' winner on election day

Earlier, the US president said he felt good about his chances for victory as election day opened Tuesday, predicting that he would register big wins in key states such as Florida and Arizona.

FILE: Former US President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, on 3 November 2020. Picture: AFP.

ARLINGTON - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday again sought to sow doubt over the counting of ballots beyond election day, saying the country was "entitled" to know who won on the day of the vote.

"You have to have a date, and the date happens to be 3 November," he said during a visit to Republican National Committee offices in Arlington, Virginia.

"And we should be entitled to know who won on 3 November."

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Earlier, Trump said he felt good about his chances for victory as US election day opened Tuesday, predicting that he would register big wins in key states such as Florida and Arizona.

"We feel very good," a hoarse-voiced Trump told Fox News in a phone interview.

Trump said he expected victory in all the key states that will decide the election, but said he would not "play games" by declaring his win too early.

"We think we are winning Texas very big. We think we are winning Florida very big. We think we are winning Arizona very big," he said.

"I think we are going to do very well in North Carolina. I think we are going to do well in Pennsylvania. We think we are doing very well everywhere."

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Running behind in most opinion polls, Trump bashed Democratic opponent Joe Biden, "biased" media and the "extreme" left as he repeated his argument for reelection to four more years in the White House.

"Joe Biden is not prime time" he said.

Trump called it "terrible" and "dangerous" that millions of votes mailed in might still not be counted on Wednesday.

But he downplayed allegations that he planned to prematurely declare victory Tuesday evening before enough of the vote is tallied to determine the winner.

"I think we'll have victory, but only when there's victory," he said.

"There’s no reason to play games."

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